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This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. Adann and Kaie (who was engaged), are married as symbols of their gods, and 2 weeks into their marriage, the gods’ blessing and the town are suffering, so they are sent on a hunting trip with two experienced hunters (Rui and Corliss). On the third day, Kaie and Adann  trap a kien (snake and anteater monster), kill it, and Adann is injured with Kaie fussing over her.

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Kaie focused intently on wrapping her arm, arranging each rag strip just so, and tying them in place with a deft hand.

Adann flexed her arm, making sure she could use it, “Thank you.”

“Let’s get back to camp,” Kaie fetched his own bag, and walked beside her, sneaking anxious glances at they went.

Adann turned her head, catching his intent gaze, and promptly was hit in the leg with a low-hanging branch. She stumbled, and Kaie caught her on her good arm.

Despite her protests, she had to suffer him holding her arm for support the rest of the way back to the camp.

“We caught another monster, and Adann’s hurt!” Kaie announced as soon as they reached the camp, jerking both hunter’s attention to her.

“I’m fine, really,” Adann said, her jaw set stubbornly.

“Let me look at it,” Corliss demanded, and hauled the younger woman over to a fallen log, pressing her into sitting.

*    *    *

Beikife is a small town in something like the Amazon rain forest, protected by a pair of married gods. The gods are represented by human avatars, two young people chosen and married by divine power. The strength of the marriage represents the bond between the gods’ blessing, so the new forest wed must find a way to connect to each other, or the crops will fail, the rivers will flood, and the cursed monsters that live in the forest will claim many lives.

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

36 responses »

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I do love that Kaie is concerned about her, and won’t brush it off as Adann hopes. Shows how their relationship is changing. Though now Adann seems more resistant than Kaie.

  2. Clearly Adann is trying to keep some distance between them. It looks like she’s not succeeding. Great snippet!

  3. Well at least Kaie is starting to think about her more than himself, at least a bit. Enjoyed the excerpt!

  4. Daryl Devore says:

    Great snippet. Poor Adann – bad arm – tree takes her out.
    Tweeted.

  5. Aw, he seems pretty protective at this point. And maybe she’ll appreciate it.

  6. Fine excerpt. Just what the couple needed.

  7. Their feelings are growing. I still wonder about Kaie’s old girlfriend… Did she go away quietly?

  8. Rin-Rin says:

    I think an “at” has sneaked in instead of an “as” in the third paragraph.
    Seems like they are getting closer. 🙂 Great snippet!

  9. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I’m glad she has a strong support group after her heroics.

  10. Diane Burton says:

    I can understand her not wanting people to fuss over her. Good thing Kaie’s there to insist.

  11. I like the concern he has for her.

  12. When dealing with monsters, it’s always good to have a second opinion.

  13. Alexis Duran says:

    Funny how now that he’s finally being nice to her, she doesn’t want it!

  14. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    He’s concern for her and didn’t let her go despite her protests. This has to be a good sign.

  15. Whitney says:

    These two are notoriously stubborn! One of these days they’ll give up. 😉 I’m also dropping a link to my snippet; apparently the form didn’t submit my link! http://witandtravesty.com/weekend-writing-warriors-snippet-63/

  16. S. M. Pace says:

    Hope these two can find a way to get along before things get really bad. I love Kaie’s concern for Adann.

  17. chellecordero says:

    I like the fact that he is finally coming around but I get the impression that Adann isn’t quite sure of his concern.

  18. So not infallible and she has help! This could be good!

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